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Miami Valley Artists Win Individual Excellence Awards From The Ohio Arts Council

Migiwa Orimo received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. "The Day Before Tomorrow: Sites and Footprints of ICE Detention Centers" is one of her recent works.
Migiwa Orimo
Migiwa Orimo received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. "The Day Before Tomorrow: Sites and Footprints of ICE Detention Centers" is one of her recent works.

A lot of local artists impressed the Ohio Arts Council this year.

The Ohio Arts Council is giving Individual Excellence awards to 75 different artists. Nine of them live right here in the Miami Valley.

In addition to the recognition, each winner will receive $4,000. Yellow Springs artist Migiwa Orimo says that’s a big help right now.

"During the pandemic, it’s wonderful. I can continue exploring my own work in my own studio with this award," she says.

This year’s group is diverse. Orimo won for her installation work, which has focused on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. And, more recently, ICE detention centers in the United States.

Other Miami Valley winners specialize in photography, painting, graphic design, and printmaking.

Here’s a list of those artists and links to their websites:

Kelley Booze: http://www.kelleybooze.com
Larry W. Collins: http://www.larrywcollins.com/
Jeremy Long: https://www.jeremylongart.com/
Mychaelyn Michalec: https://www.mychaelynmichalec.com/
Migiwa Orimo: https://migiwaorimo.com/home.html
Danielle Rante: https://www.daniellerante.com/
Dana Saulnier: https://danasaulnier.com
Jesseca Ynez Simmons: https://www.jessecaysimmons.com/
Mistry Thomas-Trout: https://www.mistythomastrout.wordpress.com

Cabinet: Rosy Invisible (detail) by Migiwa Orimo
Migiwa Orimo
"Cabinet: Rosy Invisible (detail)" by Migiwa Orimo. She collaborated with the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, and the National Archives while creating installations about the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in 1945.